For women’s history month, #filmherstory, an addictive Twitter meme calls attention to female protagonists and their forgotten, ignored, or too-little-known stories we want to see on screen…there are so so many. As far as I can tell, it was started by curator Shaula Evans, film producer Cat Cooper, Miriam Bale and film and TV creator Lexi Alexander.
Read through the suggestions in that Twitter hashtag, and suggest your own.
— Daily Dot Newswire (@DailyDotWire) March 4, 2015
I suggested a story I’ve been researching and developing for years, the story of a forgotten monumental woman builder who built the most decorated building in the world and spurred an emperor to best her.
Here’s where you can see more about my Byzantine princess story in development, including images and research:
- Byzantine Paving Stones For My Istanbul Intern Marina Khonina
- Byzantine Soap Opera
- My Forgotten Footnote to the Haghia Sophia
I’ve been developing this story since, while creating an Istanbul walking tour for National Geographic Traveler, I literally tripped over the foundations of a social grudge between my superlative-but-forgotten 6th century princess and Justinian — which prompted the Holy Roman Emperor to build his world-beating Haghia Sophia Church a mile down the road. The man needed to best Anicia Juliana. See my Pinterest board about it.